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Posted on : Jun 12, 2013

The latest SMM survey of 49 primary lead smelters, with a total of capacity of 4.705 million mt/yr, shows the average operating rate at the surveyed smelters fell to 55.13% during May, down from April’s 57.64%, and with a total output of 220,300 mt.     The average operating rate at large smelters with capacities exceeding 100,000 mt/yr was down significantly in May, falling from 74.70% in April to 70.71% in May, and primarily a result of a total cut in output of 5,000 mt at Yuguang Gold & Lead, Wanyang Nonferrous Metals, Anyang Minshan Nonferrous Metals and Shuikoushan Nonferrous Metals.


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